Global server sales fell 1.8% Y/Y in Q1, Gartner estimates - better than Q4's 5.4% drop, but...

|By:, SA News Editor

Global server sales fell 1.8% Y/Y in Q1, Gartner estimates - better than Q4's 5.4% drop, but nothing to brag about. A 6.4% Y/Y drop in Western European shipments took a toll. IBM's share, hurt by mainframe weakness, fell 160 bps Y/Y to 28.1%, while H-P's (HPQ), hurt by its Itanium decline, fell 240 bps to 27.8%. Dell's (DELL) share held steady at 14.9%. The share of non top-5 vendors rose 410 bps Y/Y to 18.3%, as Internet giants continue to opt for inexpensive, low-power, home-grown servers.